Its retro styling mated to modern hardware makes the Yamaha XSR900 one of the most desirable bikes in its segment. However, it is out of reach for many enthusiasts, and one could not wish enough for a lower displacement model with the same styling. While Yamaha has no such plant yet, Japanese two-wheeler magazine, YoungMachine has created a render that features the XSR family styling in a smaller package – quarter-litre to be precise.
Christened the XSR250, this quarter-litre neo-classic is built around the same chassis that underpins the MT-25. The motorcycle is imagined with the same engine and hardware that is seen on the MT-25 - a diamond-frame chassis, 41mm conventional telescopic front forks and a monoshock suspension at the rear. The rendered motorcycle uses the same 17-inch alloy wheel design as the MT-25 and rides on 110/70-17M/C (54S) front and 140/70 – 17M/C (66S) section tyres at the front and rear respectively.
Propelling tasks are performed by a 249cc, twin-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valves engine that delivers 36 PS of maximum power at 12,000 rpm and 22.6 Nm of peak torque at 10,000 rpm. Stopping power comes from a single disc at the front and a single disc at the rear.
The similarities stop there, and the XSR250 is imagined with neo-classic styling. Thus, the fascia includes a circular headlight with a chrome mask. The instrument console, although not clearly visible in the render, appears to have a round shape to match the retro-package. The bigger XSR models inspire the dual-tone fuel tank with a Yamaha logo, side panels, and the rear fender. The tail light, too, is identical to the unit on the XSR900.
Apart from the naked roadster, the folks at YoungMachine have created a render of a fully faired XSR250. The fully-faired motorcycle is inspired by the race machines and imagined with an aftermarket exhaust from Akrapovic and a rider-only saddle. The revised ergonomics on the faired model are achieved with the use of clip-on style handlebar.
The MT-09 accompanies the XSR900 while the XSR700 is based on the MT-07. Thus, it should not come as a big surprise if Yamaha announces an XSR250 in the future.